About four weeks ago a battery charger caught fire on an Aeroflot flight. The fire spread to one of the economy seats and in video from inside the cabin you can see a crew member use a fire extinguisher, and a passenger offer up a bottle of water to douse the flames.
Now there’s incredible video of a fire in the overhead bin of today’s China Southern flight CZ3539 from Guangzhou to Shanghai. A power bank in someone’s carry on caught fire prior to departure and passengers had to be evacuated from the plane.
Power bank fire on board China Southern CZ3539, Feb 25 2018.😱😱 pic.twitter.com/cby6E62qRv
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A flight attendant and passenger tried to put out the fire with bottles of water and also juice, and then fire and security departments assisted in extinguishing it. There wasn’t any additional damage to the plane however China Southern replaced the aircraft and passengers continued on their journey nearly 3 hours delayed.
It’s a good thing passengers aren’t required to put these batteries in checked luggage where fires are harder to put out.
(HT: One Mile at a Time)